April is National Poetry Month
Poetry : writing that usually involves figurative language and lines that have rhythm and sometimes rhyme
"Poetry." Merriam-Webster, 2016. Web. 29 Mar. 2016. <http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/poetry>.
30 Ways to Celebrate
Sign up for Poem-a-Day
Every weekday original poems are sent out via email, the web, and social media to 500,000+ readers. You can sign up here. Perhaps students or teachers could take it in turns to read a poem aloud each morning.
Sign up for Teach This Poem
Every week, an email is sent to K-12 educators, featuring one poem with resources and classroom activities. It’s designed to help teachers quickly and easily bring poetry into the classroom. You can sign up here.
Encourage a young person to participate in the Dear Poet project
Students in grade 5 to 12 are invited to write letters in response to poems written and read by some of the award-winning poets. Find out more here.
Start a poetry reading group
This could be in your class, or perhaps as a lunchtime or after school activity. Find more tips on starting a group here.
Poetry Generators & Games
Check out the following games and poetry generators here.
Tools and Gizmos
- Automatic Poetry Generator
- Poem Engine
- Sonnet Generator
- Diastic Poem Generator
- Interactive Poetry Generator
Poetry idea engine-read write think
Write Your own Haiku Poem-Read Write Think
Write your own acrostic poem-Read write think
Write your own riddle poem
Write your own theme poem
Dear Poet 2016
Write to a poet!
Resources from Reading Rockets
Need More Ideas?
- Hold a March Madness Poetry Tournament
- Complete this poem...
- Write a poem and make a video (green screen)
- Create a poem using emojis